Support children affected by blindness in Tanzania

For: Team See Possibilities
Denver, CO
Organizer: Team See Possibilities
Support children affected by blindness in Tanzania (Team See Possibilities)
$13,250
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The Story

Team See Possibilitiesraises money through our adventures to support children who are blind around the world. This year we will attempt to make history by guiding the first blind athlete to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro nonstop, a trek that typically takes five or more days. We are working with the Intrepid Foundation and raising money for two local charities: Education East Africa, which provides teacher training and material for local primary schools, and the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 18, 2017

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Posted on March 18, 2017

Team See Possibilities would like to thank you very much for your generous contribution in our 2016 Kilimanjaro Challenge. Our mission is to support children who are blind all around the world. After guiding blind athlete Dan Berlin to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2 ½ days and in the dark, the team visited engaged with three different organizations in Africa. You helped us raise almost $15,000 last year, of which the majority was used for these 3 projects.

First, we visited Education East Africa 's Motor Mechanics Centre in Njia Panda, Tanzania. Working with the Intrepid Travel Foundation, we hosted an event attended by government officials from all over the region to support the development of a center that will provide vocational skills to get young people off the streets and into meaningful employment. In order to highlight the importance of trust and teamwork, we organized a blindfolded tug of war that generated a lot of laughs. In a way, by closing their eyes, this experience opened them to a new way of perceiving the world. After hearing Dan’s story, several government officials spoke movingly about how his words changed their perception of people with disabilities. They pledged to seek out ways to reduce discrimination and better integrate a population that has all too often been marginalized.

Next, the team visited the Mwereni School for the Blind and Vision Impaired. On the outskirts of Moshi, Tanzania, Mwereni provides a safe haven and enriching learning environment for over 100 blind and albino children, many of whom are hidden, suffer discrimination and even threats to their lives because of their disability. The school hosted us for an afternoon that blew us away! The children performed traditional songs and dances; the Director of the school delivered a moving speech highlighting Dan’s accomplishment as an example of the tremendous potential within every person; and each one of us spoke about Team See Possibilities’ message to focus not on what we can't do, but rather what we CAN do.

Lastly, Charles and Alison worked with Seppe Verbist and the team Futbol Mas for the Destiny School in Mathare. The hope was to sensitize the children about what it's like to be blind and more broadly, about disabilities and inclusion. The majority of children said it was harder to guide their blindfolded friend than to be blindfolded, as they felt the enormous responsibility taking care of another. Every single child agreed that a person with a disability was capable of doing a lot more than most people think. The principal Judith and her team of teachers work against all odds to give these children a chance at an education amidst some of the toughest urban poverty in the world

Again, THANK YOU very much for your support in 2016.

With Love,

Team See Possibilities

Alison, Brad, Charles, and Dan


Posted on December 29, 2016

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Posted on December 29, 2016

From November 6-8, 2016, Team See Possibilities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,341 feet. Typically a 5-8 day climb, the team completed the trek in 2 ½ days, at night time. This feat was covered in The Wall Street Journal and Men’s Journal, with more media coverage planned.

Why?
To raise awareness about blindness, the team decided to climb Africa’s tallest mountain “in the dark.” While guiding Dan at night, we used headlamps and could see no more than 10 feet around us. This forced us to use our other senses and experience the mountain in an entirely new way.

​At that altitude, the human body undergoes a great deal of duress, including headaches, nausea, exhaustion, extreme cold and difficulty getting enough oxygen. We suffered from all these symptoms but with help from one another, and our experienced guide from our sponsor Intrepid Travel, we were able to reach the summit in the shortest amount of time allowed by safety guidelines. We were rewarded at the top with a stunning sunrise and the glistening snows of the surrounding glaciers.

Our mission as a team is to support children who are blind all around the world. There are many ways to do this. In addition to visiting schools that educate children with vision impairment, we also sensitize sighted children and adults to the remarkable contributions all people with disabilities can make to society. We hosted three local events: 

Mwereni School
This school on the outskirts of Moshi, Tanzania provides a safe haven and wonderful learning environment for over 100 blind and albino children, many of whom are hidden, suffer discrimination and even threats to their lives because of their disability. At our event, the children performed traditional songs and dances; the Director of the school delivered a moving speech highlighting Dan’s accomplishment as an example of the tremendous potential within every person; and each of us spoke about Team See Possibilities’ mission. 

Education East Africa 
Working with the Intrepid Foundation, we hosted an event attended by government officials from all over the region to support the development of a center that will provide vocational skills to get young people off the streets and into meaningful employment. In order to highlight the importance of trust and teamwork, we organized a blindfolded tug of war that generated a lot of laughs. In a way, by closing their eyes, this experience opened them to a new way of perceiving the world. After hearing Dan’s story, several government officials spoke movingly about how his words changed their perception of people with disabilities. They pledged to seek out ways to reduce discrimination and better integrate a population that has all too often been marginalized. 

Destiny School in Mathare
Working with Futbol Mas, an organization that uses soccer as a tool to support vulnerable populations, we held an event for primary school children living in the heart of the Mathare slum, a part of Nairobi notorious for its extreme poverty and desperation. Using Dan’s historic accomplishment on Mount Kilimanjaro as an example, we encouraged each child to keep hope alive, even in the most desperate of circumstances. Through blindfolded relay races and soccer games, the children learned what it’s like to lose your sight and to depend on friends for help. Each child promised to help people with disabilities in their community, and not give up on their own dreams, seeing what is possible.

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